Columbus Day Closures
All park sites closed Monday, October 13, for Columbus Day. Follow the link for information about park hours and days and about access to the Barataria Preserve and Chalmette Battlefield/Chalmette National Cemetery on holidays. More »
Things To Know Before You Come
Public transportation is available only in New Orleans. Chalmette Battlefield can be reached from New Orleans' French Quarter via tours by the paddlewheeler Creole Queen. A car or taxi is needed to reach the park's other sites.
For hunting, fishing, firearms, and other rules, see laws and policies.
What to expect from the weather: Summers are generally hot and humid with occasional rain. Winters are mild. Sunscreen is recommended for outdoor activities and insect repellent is usually needed at the Barataria Preserve.
Hazards and how to avoid them:
Did You Know?
Vultures do not have many predators. If an enemy does approach, the vulture will face its enemy and vomit. This inventive bird also has a unique way to stay cool: it urinates on its legs. The urine also helps kill any germs picked up while standing on a carcass.